France calls for “maximum caution” over the origin of the missile launch in Poland

NATO member Poland confirmed on Tuesday night that a shell “most likely of Russian manufacture” had reached its territory, killing two people. The Polish president said he had “unequivocal evidence” at this stage of who fired the missile. An emergency meeting was held between the G7 leaders and their allies. Follow the latest developments in the conflict live.

  • 6:42am: Erdogan confident on keeping Ukrainian wheat deal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he is convinced of the renewal of the agreement on the export of Ukrainian cereals to the Black Sea, which expires on Saturday.

  • 6:02am: Biden calls Russian bombing of civilians “barbarian.”

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday denounced Russia’s “barbaric” bombing of civilians in Ukraine, amid heightened tensions after a missile launch in Poland. “They are really crossing the line,” Joe Biden said at the start of a meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on the sidelines of the G20 summit on the Indonesian island of Bali.

  • 5:39: “maximum caution” on the origin of the shot, according to the Elysium

France calls for “the utmost caution” on the origin of the missile that fell in Poland, “many countries” in the region have the same type of armament, the Elysée said on Wednesday, which warns against “the significant risks of escalation” it is logical that we approach the issue with the utmost caution (..) Many countries have the same type of armaments and therefore identifying the type of missile does not necessarily mean identifying the actor who implemented it”, underlined the French presidency.

  • 5 am: “this has slightly upset the program of this G20”

Our special envoy in Bali, Constantin Simon, reflects on the emergency meeting of G7 leaders on Wednesday morning

  • 03:55: it is “essential to avoid the escalation of the war in Ukraine”, says the head of the UN

It is “absolutely essential to avoid the escalation of the war in Ukraine”, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged on Tuesday evening, saying he was “very concerned” by reports of the explosion of a Russian-made missile in Poland.

In a brief statement sent by his spokesman, Antonio Guterres called for a “thorough investigation” into this shooting, which has left two dead and could mark a major escalation of the conflict in Ukraine with the involvement of a NATO member.

  • 3:21am: “Unlikely” missile launched by Russia, Biden says

US President Joe Biden said Wednesday the missile that hit Poland was “unlikely” to have been fired from Russia, saying Washington and its allies were planning to determine “exactly” what happened before deciding on a reaction . “It is unlikely (…) that he was fired by Russia,” Joe Biden told reporters after an emergency meeting with the other G7 leaders. “I’ll make sure I can figure out what exactly happened.”

  • 2:17 am: Blinken called the heads of Polish and Ukrainian diplomats

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he met with Polish foreign ministers Zbigniew Rau and Ukraine’s Dmytro Kouleba on Wednesday after a missile went down in Poland. “We are committed to remain closely coordinated in the days ahead as the investigation progresses and we determine the appropriate next steps,” tweeted Antony Blinken, who is on the Indonesian island of Bali for the G20 summit. .

  • 2am: Emergency meeting underway between G7 leaders and allies

The leaders of the G7 great powers and several of their allies met on Wednesday for an emergency meeting in Indonesia after a Russian-made missile, according to Warsaw, went down in Poland.

The heads of state or government of the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada and Japan began their meeting shortly before 1 a.m. GMT on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, journalists from the US noted. ‘AFP. Spanish, Dutch and European Union leaders were also present. They did not speak to the press present at the start of the meeting, which continued behind closed doors.

  • 01:32am: Germany ‘supports’ its Polish NATO partner, Scholz tells Duda

“The Chancellor has just telephoned Polish President Duda and expressed his condolences. Poland will investigate closely the circumstances of the incident in which two citizens were killed last night. Germany is close to Poland, our NATO partner the spokesperson tweeted. for Olaf Scholz in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday.

  • 01:05am: No ‘unequivocal proof’ of who fired the missile that killed 2 in Poland

Polish President Andrzej Duda said overnight Tuesday that his country still did not have “unequivocal evidence” about the perpetrator of the missile that killed two people in southeastern Poland.

“At the moment we do not have unequivocal proof of who launched this missile. An investigation is underway. Most likely it was Russian-made,” the head of state told reporters in Warsaw.

Andrzej Duda at the same time considered that it was an “isolated” incident. “There is no indication that more (similar incidents) will follow,” he said.

This statement comes shortly after that of the Foreign Ministry confirming that “at 15:40 (14:40 GMT), in the village of Przewodów (…), a Russian-made bullet fell”. In a statement, the ministry also announced that it had summoned and received the Russian ambassador for “detailed explanations”. No details of this meeting, which ended “before midnight”, have been disclosed.

Andrzej Duda, who had just held a series of talks with the highest officials of NATO countries, indicated that his country is preparing to ask for the application of article 4 of the Washington Treaty. “It is very probable that on Wednesday the Polish ambassador to NATO will ask for the recourse to Article 4,” he said. Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty provides for consultations between Allies when one of them feels that its “territorial integrity” or “security” is threatened.

According to Andrzej Duda, Joe Biden has promised “support in the form of American experts to help investigate the site of this tragic incident.”

  • 12.55pm: Poland tightens surveillance of its airspace

Poland has decided to step up surveillance of its airspace, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Wednesday. He also confirmed that Poland is considering activating Article 4 of the NATO treaty which allows for consultations between member countries of the military alliance.

“I ask all Poles to remain calm in the face of this tragedy. We are respectful. Let us not be manipulated. We must show restraint and caution,” he said after an emergency meeting from his office.

  • 12.43pm: Sunak expresses ‘solidarity’ with Duda and offers assistance from London

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed London’s “solidarity” with Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday after a “Russian-made projectile” fell on the territory of this NATO country, according to Warsaw, offering British assistance.

In a phone call from the G20 summit in Indonesia, the British Conservative leader “reaffirmed the UK’s solidarity with Poland as a close ally” and “offered any assistance needed to urgently establish that this has happened,” he said Downing Street in a statement, adding that London would “coordinate” with its partners.

  • 12:32pm: Macron assures Morawiecki of France’s support

Emmanuel Macron spoke with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Tuesday to whom he affirmed France’s support for Poland after the explosion in the country. “Poland can count on the support of France and on our willingness to support the ongoing investigations,” the French president wrote on Twitter.

According to the French presidency, Emmanuel Macron has been “exploring the possibility of a discussion” since Wednesday morning “at the level of leaders” of the G20 meeting in Bali, to “analyze the risks” and “prevent an escalation of the conflict”, “taking into account the presence of all our main European partners and our main allied partners at the G20”.

The second day of the G20 on Wednesday “will be an important moment to raise awareness among our major partners as the President of the Republic has done since the beginning of the war”, observed the Elysium. The Head of State has asked to “carry out the necessary checks to ascertain the facts in close consultation with Poland and its allies within NATO”, the Ministry of the Armed Forces was also told.

  • 12:16 p.m.: Biden is on the phone with the head of NATO

US President Joe Biden spoke on the phone with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the White House said Tuesday, in the context of full-scale diplomatic consultations on the explosions in Poland. An emergency meeting of NATO ambassadors is scheduled for Wednesday.

  • 12:15pm: Biden and Duda to consult on ‘next steps’

US President Joe Biden and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda, who spoke on the deadly explosions in Poland on Tuesday, agreed to consult on “next steps,” according to the White House.

“Both leaders have agreed to remain in contact, as have their teams, to determine next steps as the investigation progresses,” the executive said in a statement.

  • 12:13 p.m.: Zelensky’s condolences for the victims of “terrorist Russia”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered his condolences to his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda by telephone on Tuesday after reports that a suspected Russian rocket attack left two people dead in Poland.

“Expressed condolences on the death of Polish citizens victims of Russian missile terror. We have exchanged the available information and are clarifying all the facts. Ukraine, Poland, all of Europe and the world must be fully protected from terrorist Russia,” Volodymyr tweeted Zelensky in English.

  • 0:00am: Poland confirms that a “Russian-made projectile” has reached its territory

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed in the night of Tuesday 15 November to Wednesday 16 November that a “Russian-made projectile” reached the territory of this NATO country, killing two people. “At 15:40 (14:40 GMT), in the village of Przewodów (…), a Russian-made shell fell, killing two citizens of the Republic of Poland,” according to a statement by Lukasz Jasina, the door-spokesman of the ministry, indicating that the Russian ambassador has been summoned for “detailed explanations”.

Earlier, Moscow rejected Western allegations. “Statements by Polish media and officials about an alleged fall of Russian missiles near the city of Przewodow are an intentional provocation with the aim of creating an escalation of the situation,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in its statement on the telegram account.

With AFP and Reuters

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